Judaism

Interfaith Calendar 2017

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism, as well as Humanist/Secular dates. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your spiritual tradition…

Cork’s Only Synagogue to Close

News broke today that the only remaining synagogue in Cork is to close, ending 135 years of Jewish history in the city. The South Terrace site has been the centre of Jewish worship in the city since 1905, but members say emigration and financial constraints have left them with “no money, no members, and no future”. At…

Interfaith Calendar 2016

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’…

A Guide to Yom Kippur 2015

Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement, the day when sins are forgiven. This not as simple as some magical ritual that wipes the slate clean. Judaism acknowledges that God can only forgive for sins between “Man and God,” for sins that occur between “Man and Man,” between a person and his or…

Norway’s Muslims Form ‘Ring of Peace’ Around Oslo’s Synagogue

More than 1,000 people formed a ‘ring of peace’ Saturday outside Oslo’s main synagogue at the initiative of a group of young Muslims, offering symbolic protection for the city’s Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighbouring Denmark last weekend. Chanting “No to anti-semitism, no to islamophobia,” Norway’s Muslims formed what they called…

Interfaith Calendar 2015

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’…

Spirituality and Service

For centuries in the Roman Catholic tradition the Pope has been seen as being essentially the “servus servorum Dei,” that is “the servant of the servants of God.” It is a title many recent Popes have used in documents of note. Indeed, the present Pope, Francis I sees himself as embodying quintessentially this perspective on the papacy. One of…

Can Ecumenics learn something from the Good Samaritan?

Ecumenism seeks to restore wholeness to the family Jesus’ followers, a family that appears to be divided over issues of doctrine. For me the Kin-dom is founded upon the personal spiritual experience of recognising the Fatherhood of God and its correlated truth the Brotherhood of Man or, simpler, your personal experience of the love of…

An Interfaith Calendar 2014

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’…

The Spiritual Legacy of Ovadia Yosef

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the religious scholar and spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic Jews who transformed his downtrodden community of immigrants from North Africa and Arab nations and their descendants into a powerful force in Israeli politics, died on Monday. He was 93. To supporters, he was a revered sage who empowered masses of disenfranchised Sephardic…

LGBT Spirituality: Judaism

International Coming Out Day October 11th is fast approaching and in spirit to this meaningful day which celebrates individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender I shall publish a series of articles regarding the spiritual rites and civil rights of LGBT people within different forms of spirituality. First is Judaism, a religiously-orientated spirituality. The sources of Judaism’s traditional position on…

10 Inspirational Jewish Women Every Person Should Know

In the Jewish Talmud tells us: “We were redeemed from Egypt because of the righteousness of the women of that generation.” These were brave women who defied Pharaoh’s orders to kill the Hebrew baby boys. They committed the first recorded act of civil disobedience in human history, risking their own lives to save innocent children. The spirit…

International Holocaust Memorial Day

Today was a bit different. Before leaving for church this morning I had to put on a Star of David on my arm. This was to remember the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. This is addition to the 2 million Gypsies (Roma and Sinti), 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime…

Irish Faith Groups give evidence to Health Committee on Abortion

Yesterday a number of the main faith groups in Ireland gave evidence to the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Joint Committee on Health and Children. It was holding Public Hearings on the Implementation of the Government Decision following the publication of the Expert Group Report into matters relating to A, B, C, vs Ireland at the European Court of…

A Guide to Yom Kippur 2012

Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement, the day when sins are forgiven. This not as simple as some magical ritual that wipes the slate clean. Judaism acknowledges that God can only forgive for sins between “Man and God,” for sins that occur between “Man and Man,” between a person and his or her neighbor, the forgiveness must happen between them.

Herein you will find a partial guide to understanding Yom Kippur and the behaviour of the Jewish people in your life during their day of atonement.